8 Creativity Myths

What do famous directors, inventors, techie billionaires, writers, entrepreneurs, etc. have exclusively in their coterie that we don’t?  Nothing! Shocked to hear that? Well, that’s not just a hollow motivational uplifter, but a doctoral thesis carried out by David Burkus, an assistant professor of management at Oral Roberts University and author of the book The Myths Of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies And People Generate Ideas.  This is a truly excellent read for all budding entrepreneurs and those who think in breaking paths..

His book thrashes open the seductive bubble around all innovators and informs us how with effort and routine, even we can be equally creative. “You are more creative than you realize. You just need to rewrite the myths,” here are those 8 Creativity Myths…

The Eureka Myth – We have come to believe that all great ideas come in a flash of insight. With Isaac Newton as the chief proponent of this theory, who discovered gravity with a fallen apple from a tree, we couldn’t help but mystify all inventions as coming from a Eureka or Aha moment. But as Mr. Burkus has found out through his research, innovative insights come from hard work and dedication to a problem. The answers incubate in our subconscious and although, sometimes, we connect two distantly connected dots suddenly, it is later realized that they were the result of a long, internal process.

The Rare Breed Myth – Creativity is said to be an elusive characteristic belonging to only a blessed few. Only this rare breed has the right to be labeled as “The Creatives”; while the rest of us can be assumed to be The Non Creative Types. But evidence suggests something quite the opposite: that there is no naturally creative breed per se. Thus, it can be safely concluded that creativity is not born but made; and that anyone can be creative. Ok now, don’t just Hurray yet!

The Originality Myth – Creative people or companies are assumed to be 100% original with their ideas. But history suggests that all great ideas are the work of more than one person. Henry Ford developed the assembly line production of automobiles after seeing the production facilities of meat packing plants. Often other people are working on the same idea as its foundation is laid on a piece of inspiration more than one person can piece together. For example: the day Alexander Graham Bell filed for a patent for the telephone, another woman Elisha Gray filed a patent for a similar device. So there is no such thing as 100% originality. But we still advise you not to go the Pritam and Anu Malik way!

The Expert Myth – It has been believed for the longest time that problems can be solved through experience. Wrong. If that would have been the case, all 60 plus scientists would have won the Nobel Prize. In reality, most scientists who have won the Nobel Prize in physics were in their twenties. To tackle a problem, it is better to come with an outsider’s perspective. So bosses must not turn a deaf ear at suggestions that new or young employees offer. And as a young employee yourself, you must not take age to be a constricting factor in presenting the next big thing.

The Lone Creator Myth – We often assume that great things come from a lone individual but that’s not entirely true. Creativity is a team effort. Even Edison worked with others to produce marvelous inventions. So you should partner with the right people to give shape to bigger, better ideas. And even offices should choose the right team of people for grand, creative projects to come to fruition.

The Brainstorming Myth – Companies often have this naïve idea that you put people in a room, set the ball rolling, and wham bam! People will start brainstorming and amazing ideas will be unearthed. This approach may be good once or twice, but it is not a very consistent approach to achieve creative breakthroughs. The secret to correct problem solving lies in abundant research on the part of the team. Brainstorming can just help shape an originally solid idea.

The Cohesive Myth – If creativity requires teams, then the teams must work happily ever after. No, in fact, cohesiveness is actually known to hinder innovative thinking, as people hold back on challenging ideas for the fear of disrupting the group’s personal bonding. “Creativity loves conflict as long as it’s professional, not personal”, Burkes says.

The Mousetrap Myth – In the nineteenth century, Ralph Waldo Emerson was quoted as saying, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door”.  It simply meant that if a man can make better technology, or corn, or boards, or chairs than anybody else, he will find a broad road built to his door, however deep he may be in the woods. But it’s not that simple in today’s times. One has to constantly keep reinventing themselves to survive in this ruthlessly competitive world. Even Apple has to innovate on its product portfolio yearly, after having claimed the No.1 position in the tech world for long. Although we must concede that the world did kinda’ build a road to Steve Jobs’ house (wait, translate it to— made a beeline to Apple showrooms) after they were enough enamored with the simple, beautiful and powerful machines that the man built.

Well BitCoins seems to be a big mystery to everyone, even to me, how did it originate, how did it gain such a popularity… Hello I am not fooling; well here is something to talk of its magnitude say for example if I invested about just $100  in October 2010 and sold those Bitcoins in October 2013 I would make about $11000000 in just 3 years. CLOSE YOUR MOUTH NOW..

So let’s talk about its true origins and something very interesting called Deep Web? Source: Supplied

IF YOU think you are accessing the whole internet through browsers such as Chrome, IE, Opera, Linx and Firefox, you are completely wrong, well u don’t even come close to something geeky….

These surface browsers only give you access to four per cent of the actual internet, yes I have not cut my tounge thats 4% of entire web. Then where is the rest; its a hidden mass of content, known as the Deep Web.

Although the Deep Web and anonymous browsing through TOR has been around for a while, it has recently come to the attention of the mainstream due to shows such as Netflix’s House of Cards.

So what is this mysterious Deep Web?

You only access 4 per cent of the internet.You only access 4 per cent of the internet. Source: SuppliedIt’s called the “Deep Web” because it is, well, deep and contains all of the websites and data that you can’t access through a regular search engine. The Deep Web itself makes up nearly 96 per cent of the world’s internet content and is totally anonymous. In fact, you can’t even access the deep web unless you are also anonymous. Which begs the question — how do you enter the deep web?

You need a special browser to access the Deep Web.You need a special browser to access the Deep Web. Source: SuppliedYou need to use a special type of anonymous browser, the most commonly used being TOR (The Onion Router). These browsers can find information not available through surface browsers – such as pages not linked to other pages, sites that require registration and limited access content.After the NSA spying scandal, concerns have been growing over internet privacy. This has led people to flock to TOR for its ability to let users browse the web in true anonymity.

The Deep Web is perfectly legal and even used by law enforcement agencies.The Deep Web is perfectly legal and even used by law enforcement agencies. Source: Supplied

Criminal activity takes place in the deep.Criminal activity takes place in the deep. Source: SuppliedSo what about the legality of it all, you ask? It’s completely legal for you to use it and to hide your identity when browsing the internet. However, because of this anonymity the Deep Web has become a haven for all types of dodgy people like drug dealers, weapons dealers and even hit men looking for work.It is also a breeding ground for illegal activity.

The online drugstore Silk Road famously got raided and taken down by the FBI last year with millions of dollars worth of Bitcoins being lost and its creator facing heavy prison time. But, like with anything in this dark world, it didn’t take long for a second Silk Road to open. A month ago, though, this new drugstore had $2.7 million stolen by a hacker.

Bitcoin is the currency of choice for anonymous transactions.

Bitcoin is the currency of choice for anonymous transactions. Source: Supplied

You may be wondering how one stays anonymous when bank accounts become involved, and this is where Bitcoin comes into play.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that is encrypted and allows people to make transactions anonymously. The currency has mainly been used for less than legal transactions to hide a person’s identity, particularly on Silk Road.

The value of Bitcoin has been soaring and many people have taken to investing in the virtual currency despite its volatile nature.

While the Deep Web is a great tool to keep yourself anonymous online and find information previously hidden, be careful how deep you actually go, because the deeper you go the more trouble you may find yourself in, if you don’t trust me see you in Jail…

For those who don’t want to read such a big post and just want to understand why something like bitcoins gains such popularity here is what u can buy easily with it…

Silk Road on Deep Web

Silk Road on Deep Web

Microsoft will soon announce a free version of Windows 8.1 in a bid to persuade customers to upgrade to the latest version. The new version, called ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing’, could be given away at a developers’ conference in April, a version that would have key Microsoft apps and services.

So what could be the reason for such a move specifically with the milking cow of MS, well as simple as it is “losing customer base” MS is currently experimenting this free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Now a days just having a user base means money.. no kidding with whatsapp or even say twitter with hardly any revenue.. or who know you maybe paying a hefty price post the 1st year use…

One thing definitely good in this new free O/S is atleast they would bring back the start button which can let you boot straight to the desktop..

Project Tango: What is it ?

Posted: February 23, 2014 in All Categories
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What if you never found yourself lost in a new building again? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character. Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.  The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

The current prototype is a 5” phone developed by google containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.

It runs Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine. These early prototypes, algorithms, and APIs are still in active development.

Soon this technology would also be available on Google Glass.

Also they are looking for professional developers with dreams of creating more than a touch-screen app. These devices were built with the unique ability to sense 3D motion and geometry. We want partners who will push the technology forward and build great user experiences on top of this platform.

Currently, they have 200 prototype dev kits,  allocated some of these devices for projects in the areas of indoor navigation/mapping, single/multiplayer games that use physical space, and new algorithms for processing sensor data. Tell us what you would build. Be creative. Be specific. Be bold here They are expect to distribute all of available units by March 14th, 2014.

Eventually I think this could lead to a full 3D-map of every location that technology reaches throughout the world though.  but I’m not entirely sure that’s safe for privacy especially with all the buzz around it today.. What do u think  of it..

2014 in Tech

Posted: January 7, 2014 in All Categories
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2014 in Tech

2014 in Tech

Foremost a very happy new year to you all, it was a great 2013 for tech with Big data leading the race.. Predicting 2014, especially in the ultra-fast-moving tech world, is a risky business but for me its also great fun merrily pulling predictions out of thin air with my ample experience I go through  daily, but lets give it a shot which will snap the year ahead.

Mobile phone penetration in emerging markets has resulted in traditional mobile phone players getting squeezed and being unable to compete with Apple and Samsung at the high end, as well as struggling to differentiate from aggressive new vendors, most notably Huawei and ZTE. so per all those saying you may expect 3 of the top 5 mobile handset vendors will be Chinese. The same lies true with penetration to mobile apps like wechat, whatsapp, snapchat, viber etc.. with companies like facebook, google plus, loosing there ground mintuely they will be eyeing ways to extend there userbase and with more smartphones today then a laptop or desktop…

Big data will continue its dominace demand will reach >4 million jobs globally, but only one-third of those jobs will be filled. An important aspect of the challenge in filling these jobs lies in the fact that enterprises need people with new skills data management, analytics and business expertise and non-traditional skills necessary for extracting the value of Big Data, as well as artists and designers for data visualization.

Recent data from Forrester Research shows that Web Content Management and e-commerce are the top two priorities for digital executives. Next year, I believe the lines between these two priorities will blur. Customers want the opportunity to review great content while shopping online, and visa versa. Companies will strive to blend content and commerce so customers can learn more about a product, read reviews and interact with other customers or customer service representatives before making a purchasing decision.

Companies Learning how to be agile to drive toward an integrated customer experience across content, community and commerce are the ones who will succeed in 2014. Delivering an integrated digital experience requires the ability to integrate social business into the customer journey across websites, mobile devices and customer communities. When done effectively, this integration allows the brand to own their story and the customer experience, from the information gathering phase through to the purchase decision.

Welcome super Personalization. Content service providers will be able to model your behavior more and more accurately. You might say this has been happening since the days of Pandora. However, with new technologies the content will be customized based on the user, day/time, temporal trends, device (phone / tablet / TV), connectivity (WiFi, Fiber or LTE/3G etc) etc. Now, you can enjoy content on your device without having to turn the knobs.

“The biggest disruptor that we’re sure about is the arrival of big data and machine intelligence everywhere. The ability to find people, to talk specifically to them, to judge them, to rank what they’re doing, to decide what to do with your products… (it) changes every business globally.” -- Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google

Sick of hearing about patent lawsuits between big-name tech companies? Bad luck – 2014 is going to bring more of them, after a relative lull in 2013. The part of Nokia that isn’t being sold to Microsoft is sharpening its patent portfolio, and has begun exercising it successfully against HTC. Next in line is Google (particularly Google Maps) and other Android handset makers. Apple and Samsung will also be back in a Californian court in March, in a second trial in which each is asserting five patents  in Apple’s case, all relating to function, not “how it looks”. Samsung’s list includes two standards-essential patents (SEPs)  which it’s obliged to license, so it’s hard to see it prevailing on those.

With luck, 2014 will be the year that wearables actually become wearable  rather than being nagging devices that hassle you to take more steps to meet your “daily exercise quota”. The key problem is crossing the gulf between being “something you wear”, and “something you want to be seen wearing”. 

We’ll see the app store for Google Glass open early this year, and so will finally start to see what wearable, immersive technology will be capable of once developers start to explore the device fully to a wider audience. Expect to see Google working hard to make consumers feel more comfortable with the concept of pervasive image and video recording, challenging and shifting the norm of what is socially acceptable.

Bitcoins are not my game, even being a analyst its hard for me to understand its in and out, not sure if it really a non transparent bubble ready to explode anytime for someone greediness.. I guarantee the same to even my readers keep away from this before u get burnt not sure when the next government is going to crack this down…

3D-printing trend has huge implications  now anyone can run a small manufacturing business from the comforts of a small table at home. This will give rise to “small lot manufacturing”, where you create highly customized products for a small bunch of friends and buyers. As they say, everything can now be “Made to Order”. 

Microsoft is going to go through big changes in 2014: the arrival of only its third chief executive, replacing Steve Ballmer, comes as its revenue streams and business models are under growing attack. Mobile computing is becoming a tsunami, eroding the traditional reliance on the desktop and Office.  Apple is on its third chief executive if you only include Steve Jobs and John Sculley. Tim Cook’s genius at operations shows in how Apple is now making scores of different versions of the iPhone for different markets, yet everyone thinks there’s only one. Google is only on its second chief executive (and even he was the original one). It’s still a relatively young company, but its rapid growth has seen Larry Page reining in some projects that haven’t been core to what Google does – collect information and collate it. Google+ is core obviously due to FB rivalry; Google Reader wasn’t not sure why lots of users lost with it. And selling adverts is the ultimate core. Quite where Google Glass fits into this isn’t yet clear; nor is Motorola, which loses huge amounts of money while selling fewer handsets each quarter.

2013 Google’s Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all consumer laptop and 10 percent of all business laptop sales in the US . Couple of Chromebook models were right up there on Amazon’s list of top selling items for the year. Which is amazing, given that Chrome OS was till recently written off as ‘nothing more than a browser’ and did not register anywhere on the popularity charts. But the truth is, these days everything from your computer to your phones tend to become useless without a data connection. So a trend, connected to the cloud-based future, is that computers will become lower-spec and cheaper. And such cheaper computers will be hugely popular.

We can go and on, there are lot more trends that can be talked about. How about your predictions in the comments section

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Starting up? 

NASSCOM for Start-ups invites applications from early and growth stage tech startups for the 10,000 Start-ups program on www.10000startups.com

The shortlists would have lot to takeaway including Funding, Acceleration, Mentoring, Enterprise Connects, Hiring support, Concept validation and many more.

The best application received by 30th Nov’13 would also get a chance to attend the blackbox.vc connect program in Silicon Valley absolutely free (logistics and stay included)!

Apply NOW on www.10000startups.com

Windows 8.1

Posted: October 20, 2013 in All Categories
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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update is now available to download. Windows 8 users will see a notification in the Windows Store with a prompt to upgrade to the new operating system. Microsoft has added a number of improvements with this update, including built-in Bing search, smart SkyDrive syncing, and visual changes to the Start Screen and application snapping and more importantly you see a START button with 8.1

On the new 8.1 Start Screen, Microsoft again borrows from Windows Phone 8 by introducing new large and small Live Tiles. The Weather tile can now expand to show three different cities and three days of forecasts at the same time, and Calendar will display all of your events for the day. The Windows Store tile is also animated now, providing constant app recommendations. While most of the Start Screen improvements are focused on the new Windows 8-style apps, Microsoft is also now allowing traditional desktop apps to use colorful tiles instead of just app icons, which should make everyone’s Start Screen look a little nicer

Windows 8.1 allows for a lot more rationalization across the board. You can now pick from built-in backgrounds that move and animate as you swipe, but there’s also the ability to change the color scheme with a color picker that’s a lot more flexible than Windows 8 ever was. But the real star of the show is the ability to set the desktop wallpaper as the backdrop for the Start Screen. It sounds simple, but it’s an effective way to bridge the otherwise jarring switch from desktop to Start Screen.

Perhaps the single biggest change in Windows 8.1 is Microsoft’s approach to search. Where it used to be specific and tailored, it’s now universal. If you search for “Store” in Windows 8.1 it will still show you the app, but now it also reaches out to Bing’s web engine to find results. Search is now a separate app gathering documents and data stored locally or in SkyDrive, system settings, and even web results all in a single interface.

If you’re an existing Windows 8 user then moving to 8.1 should be relatively pain free. The update will retain all desktop and Windows 8-style apps, including files and settings. It’s worth backing up just in case, but it should be like any other patch through Windows Update that Microsoft supplies on a monthly basis. Windows 8.1 Preview users will have a slightly different experience depending on how the Preview was originally installed. If you installed Windows 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store on top of Windows 8 then you can move straight to the final edition in the Store today. Personal files will be retained, but apps will need to be re-installed.

Microsoft ties together its visual changes and features with a new set of built-in app improvements, centered more than ever around SkyDrive. Microsoft’s cloud-based storage system really powers Windows 8.1 this time around. The sync engine is built directly in, and Microsoft has made some smart improvements to the way that files sync to Windows 8.1 PCs. Instead of pulling down the entire SkyDrive storage to a local PC, it loads icons, and just enough information required to identify the file. When you open the file, it downloads it on the spot. You can set folders and files to download fully so they’re available offline, or just set an entire SkyDrive instance to remain offline on the PC.

The built-in apps for Windows 8 felt rushed and lacking in features, but Microsoft has really improved every single one with Windows 8.1 and there are even a few new ones to speak of. Each app has been visually refreshed, and some even have a Windows Phone-like app bar to improve navigation. The Mail app has been completely redesigned, improved for both touch or keyboard and mouse use. You can drag and drop messages into folders, easily select multiple messages with checkboxes, and generally filter out and manage email a lot more easily. Performance has also greatly improved, with draft emails simply appearing on the right-hand side rather than taking up the full screen.

Outlook.com users naturally get the best experience  Microsoft has added in support for favorites, a flagged emails section, and separate filters for newsletters and social emails. Microsoft has also added in the new window option for Mail in 8.1, allowing you to snap messages side by side. Coupled with the new Calendar app, which comes with a redesign and new “what’s next” view, improvements to the People app, and some keyboard improvements for quick number entry, the built-in Mail experience is light-years ahead of what was available in Windows 8.

Update: If you’re having trouble finding the update in the Windows Store, simply visit this article on your Windows 8 device and click this link